Buckley starter Justin Schroeder pitched a complete game win in game 2.
When I got to McKinley Field today to watch Chambana today, the home team had the lead! That was something I hadn’t seen much of since I started following the Eastern Illinois Baseball League team.
Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long. Their opponent, the Buckley DutchMasters, simply overpowered Chambana and came back from a 6-3 deficit to win Game 1 11-7.
As for Game 2, it was all Buckely and then some. Their offense was just too much for Chambana. By the time I left in the fourth inning, it was 12-2 and the rest of the game was superfluous. Congrats to Buckley’s Justin Schroeder for pitching a complete game win.
I did run into Robin, a friend of mine I knew from University of Illinois games. It was Robin who actually told me about the EI league and suggested I check it out. Turns out Buckley is his home team so he and I hung out during the games today.
The EI League has two things that University of Illinois baseball doesn’t. Wood bats and lots of dust.
A near collision in the infield. Buckley’s catcher made the play at first.
Buckley has a cowbell that travels with the fans and gets rung after every good play by their team.
I’m sure Chambana catcher Jake Mathis is saying something nice to the ump in this photo. Mathis was 5 for 7 for the day with 2 runs and 2 rbis.
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